Colin De Grandhomme breaks 65-year-old New Zealand record on Test debut

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Christchurch, Nov 18: Colin de Grandhomme broke 65-year-old record for New Zealand to produce best figures on Test debut during 1st match against Pakistan here on Friday (November 18).

Match scorecard

Making the most of his Test debut, the 30-year-old produced figures of 6/41 as New Zealand cashed in on winning a crucial toss on day one of the shortened first Test.

The previous record was held by New Zealand's leg spinner Alex Moir (Alexander McKenzie Moir), who got 6/155 against England in 1951 at Christchurch. De Grandhomme became only the third New Zealand player to grab a six-wicket haul on his debut.

Earlier, at lunch, Pakistan were all out for paltry 133 in Misbah-ul-Haq's 50th Test match as Pakistan's captain.

With a green-tinged wicket and damp outfield -- after the first day was lost through rain -- both captains said they wanted to bowl first and it was New Zealand's Kane Williamson who had the good fortune to win the toss.

Despite expectations, however, the pitch did not hold many demons and with strike bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult struggling to maintain consistent lines there was little to unnerve the batsmen in the early overs.

But when Williamson called up all-rounder de Grandhomme as a surprise choice first-change bowler it produced a substantial breakthrough.

After 12 fruitless overs from the New Zealand bowlers, the Harare-born, former Zimbabwe under-19 representative, had a ball seam back on Azhar Ali who was bowled for 15 and Pakistan were 31-1.

Babar Azam, recalled for his second Test, helped Sami Aslam nudge the score through to 53 when New Zealand claimed three wickets for three runs in 18 deliveries.

Southee, who had opened with four consecutive maidens and had a strong appeal against Aslam turned down on review, changed ends for his second spell and immediately had the Pakistan opener caught behind for 19.

OneIndia News/AFP

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